Two years ago, an LVMH-backed private equity firm acquired Italy's Pinarello. The infusion of cash has allowed R&D at Pinarello to thrive and expand beyond the core development of Pinarello’s top-end road bikes.
Pinarello brought two new bikes to the North American market at the Sea Otter Classic 2019: The Grevil (gravel devil) and the Crossista.
The Grevil is a purpose-designed machine that can fit 700c x 45mm or 650b x 2.2" tires and has asymmetric tube shapes at every angle.
The Crossista is a beautiful (in our eyes) cyclocross race bike designed around 700c wheels for the cyclocross racer.
Pinarello Grevil Gravel Bike
For the 2018 model year, the GAN GR Disk we saw Amity Rockwell and Colin Strickland riding at Gravel Worlds served as the company's all-road bike that was gravel-ready. The Grevil joins the line this year as a full-on gravel design.
The Grevil can fit 700c x 42mm or 650b x 2.1" tires. Pinarello engineers analyzed every tube and junction to offer efficiency and responsiveness of the top-end Dogma, but a tuned ride for gravel.
Designers applied asymmetry as needed, and apparently, that was a lot. Pinarello calls this concept "Think Asymmetric."
Every tube and junction seems to be a different shape. The whole drive side rear triangle is lower than the non-drive side.
Geometry differs from Pinarello’s road bikes but doesn’t stray too far from other gravel bikes. The 72-degree parallel head tube and seat tube angles are on a 56cm bike with a reach of 385mm and a stack of 580mm. The Grevil has short 42.0mm chainstays and a 67mm BB drop.
Crossista Cyclocross Bike
The Crossista is a cyclocross race bike with more typical cyclocross geometry, designed around 700c wheels. The UCI-approved frame has plenty of mud clearance with UCI regulation 33mm tires. That mud clearance allows a maximum 42mm tire width when mud and UCI rules are less of an issue.
The chainstays are a typical 42.5mm length and flattened significantly to aid rear end traction compliance over bumpy track. The bottom bracket drop is 6.5cm. Headtube and seat tube angles are 72 and 73 degrees, respectively.
Just like the Grevil, the frame shape detail are thought through. The top tube is not only flattened but also gently rounded and sloped on the non-drive side for easier and more comfortable shouldering. The formula looks right for ’cross.
Either bike is available with a T-700 Toray UD carbon frame and Force 1 dress for $5,200.
Both the Grevil and Crossista are also available as a Plus version made of Pinarello’s T-1100 carbon (the same as the top end Dogma) as a frameset only for $6,000 USD. With the latter, we’re told you can build up a 15-16 pound superbike for ’cross or gravel given the higher modulus carbon lets you start off with a lighter frame. The starting cost is already more than the complete T-700 bike.
Given the financial backer of Pinarello, perhaps the T-1100 model will come with a Louis Vuitton saddle bag and a bottle of Champagne or Cognac!
Joking aside, we hope to take these bikes from the storied Italian maker for a real ride and review soon.
For a closer look at both bikes, see the photo gallery below.
More info: pinarello.com
All of our coverage of new bikes and products is available in our 2019 Sea Otter Classic archive.